At age 16, owner and master barber Josh Connell’s interest in barbering began in a locker room. While playing high school football, Josh’s mom, a licensed cosmetologist, kept his hair pretty short. One day, Josh’s mom couldn’t get around to fading him up so Josh took his clippers to school and asked a buddy of his to clean him up and in return he’d buzz his head too. Those clippers never came home and Josh started making a little extra cash cutting hair at school. As part of a program offered at his high school, Josh took the opportunity to take cosmetology classes during his senior year and three months after he graduated high school he graduated cosmetology school.
After going to work at his uncle’s salon and realizing he wanted nothing to do with women’s hair and Josh transitioned into car sales where he saved his money for 3 years to open his own barbershop. After years of saving and looking around Tampa Bay for over a year for the right location, Josh’s dad calls him one August morning in 2006 to tell him about a barber named Jack Noggle who was retiring and closing his 60 year old barbershop the next day. Josh hopped in his car, drove to the shop located at 3514 4th Street North in St Petersburg. Within 10 minutes, Josh was sitting in Jacks chair getting a haircut and working out the details to purchase the barbershop. It wasn’t what Josh thought his first shop would look like, but the price was right and so was the location. Josh quit his job selling cars later that afternoon after signing a lease with the landlord.
In October of 2006 Josh closed Jacks 200 square foot Barbershop to completely renovate and add on. On December 24th Josh received his Christmas present early when the shop passed its final building inspection . On January 2, 2007 after a little time off, The Uppercut Barbershop opened with an additional 500 square feet, cable TV, a whole new look and for the first time in 60 years a phone! In 2008 Josh added complimentary beer to the lineup of barbershop features and business has been steadily growing ever since adding new customers and barbers along the way.